Sheila M. Eldred

Health Writer

Sheila Mulrooney Eldred is a graduate of Columbia’s School of Journalism and a former newspaper reporter. As a freelance health journalist, she writes about everything from deadly diseases to elite athletes, including superbugs, opioids, ticks, and laughter yoga. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Nature, FiveThirtyEight, Pacific Standard, STAT News, and other publications. In her spare time, she and her family love running, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking in Minneapolis.

Conditions Covered:Cancer, Uterine Cancer, Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Stomach Cancer, Head & Neck Cancer, Multiple Myeloma

Latest by Sheila M. Eldred

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: The Big Picture

Explore these long-term considerations, from fertility preservation to how to develop a survivorship care plan.

Which Celebrities Have Had Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer has been called the silent killer, but there’s nothing silent about the women who have had it. The disease has afflicted everyone from civil rights heroes to Olympic athletes to Academy Award winners.

Prostate Cancer and Your Mental Health

Men with prostate cancer suffer high rates of depression and anxiety, although most do not die from the disease.

What I Learned During Endometrial Cancer Treatment

Kristen was shocked to receive an endometrial cancer diagnosis at age 49. Here’s what she learned on her journey to recovery.

Endometrial Cancer Risk Factors You Should Know

Endometrial cancer is on the rise. Here’s what you need to know about your potential risk factors and how to stay as healthy as possible.

Mom Time Counts with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Rhonda Howell, who has metastatic breast cancer, savors the time she spends with her 6-year-old son, and aims to see him graduate from high school.

Warning Signs of Metastatic Breast Cancer

Advanced breast cancer tends to spread to the bones, the liver, the lungs, or the brain. Can you recognize the different symptoms of metastasis for each organ?

Eat Smart For Colon Cancer Treatment Recovery

Colon cancer and treatment side effects make it hard to take in essential nutrients. Here are some ways to nourish your body and help prevent cancer recurrence.

Working Out with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Non-small cell lung cancer patients who exercise can improve their breathing, strength, and range of motion while reducing side effects, fatigue, and anxiety.

Prevent Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Recurrence

While it’s impossible to completely shield yourself from lung cancer relapse, there are some things you can do to stack the odds in your favor.